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Mawiwi back in firing line

Harare City coach Bigboy Mawiwi has edged precariously closer to the exit-door after failing to lift the big spending council-funded side from the sticky mud of relegation.

Kevin Mapasure

After a bad start to the 2014 Castle Lager Premier League season, Harare City was expected to rise up the table but with 13 games played, the team is still stuck on the 15th position in the 16-team table just four points above Chiredzi on the basement.

With just 11 points, the Sunshine Boys are four points shy of the safety zone despite signs the team would regain form in the last two months.

It might however be the home defeat to Shabanie Mine last week that triggered panic in the club executive.

IndependentSport is informed that the executive summoned individual players to private meetings over what they thought the problem was and the way forward.

“Each player was called in at his own time and was asked to give his input and most questions are about the coach,” said the source. “They (executive) wanted to know if players felt the coach was treating them fairly in terms of team selection. They also asked about tactics and they asked for the players’ opinions if the team could improve under the status quo.”

The meetings were held after Tuesday’s training session but in the coach’s absence.

This is not the first time that Mawiwi has got close to the chop having been saved by former club chairman Leslie Gwindi last time on.

Harare City finished a decent third last season but only on goal difference and were expected to launch another onslaught on the league title. But things have turned nasty despite another spending spree which brought in among others defender Arnold Chivheya and midfielder Benson Maglasi.

Maglasi has not seen game time and could be heading for the exit.

The Sunshine Boys have won two, drawn two and lost one of their last five matches. They face fellow strugglers Chiredzi at Chishamiso tomorrow but could be without Mawiwi who is attending a Caf coaching course in Harare.

Resurgent Caps United will also miss their coach Taurai Mangwiro when they take on Chicken Inn at Luveve on the same day, while Chapungu host FC platinum in the Midlands derby.

Table-toppers Highlanders clash with How Mine in a Bulawayo derby at Barbourfields while Dynamos host Black Rhinos hoping to return to winning ways after last week’s draw against Chicken Inn.
The spotlight will be on Caps who have won four of their last five matches as their resurgence faces a stern test against Joey Antipas’ side.

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